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World Book Week at Longvernal

At Longvernal, World Book Day is such an event that our celebrations span the entire week. The mission of the World Book Day charity is to give every young person a book of their own. For Longvernal, it is to engender an incandescent love of reading that will last a lifetime whilst enhancing our children’s aspirations and life chances. From creating book jackets, bookmarks and writing book reviews, it is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly), a celebration of reading. To further embed this, as well spending time snuggled in our reading lodge, each of our classes visited the local Library. It was such a tremendous success that we will be visiting every term! The pinnacle of the week was the book character costume parade, which was a roaring success. Each class performed a poem that they had studied (in full Book Week attire). As always, World Book Week has been our favourite week of the year and we can’t wait for next year!

Mid-Somerset Festival, March 2020

This year saw 22 children compete in the highly competitive Primary Verse Speaking section of the Mid-Somerset Festival, held in Bath at The Citadel on Tuesday March 10th. Children from Years 1-6 selected from a choice of two poems which they learnt off by heart and performed solo. The children were judged on their ability to communicate the poem clearly and expressively, true to the way in which the poet had written it. They learnt from the adjudicators’ feedback the importance of inflection, expression, onomatopoeia, pause and alliteration. As importantly, they experienced the valuable life skills of courage, resilience and performing before an audience. Ivy, Todd, Erin and Selina came third in their classes and Benji and Mia came second. However, all the competitors from Longvernal performed well and were awarded a certificate.

The following day, Wednesday March 11th, the choir travelled to The Pavilion, Bath to perform in the Primary Music Day. This is a non-competitive afternoon for Primary School Music Makers. The children performed two contrasting pieces; My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music and Nanuma an African song from Ghana. They also enjoyed listening to others schools’ performances which included an orchestra, a brass group and violinists.

Longvernal Primary School Pupils’ Big Sleep Out

Following an assembly on 30th January led by Julian House, in which the issues of homelessness were explained, three children from Longvernal Primary School felt that they wished to do something practical to raise money to support the Bath- based charity but also to experience what it feels like to have to sleep outdoors without shelter.

Supported by their parents, Ollie [10] Levi [7] and Ivy [6] set up ‘camp’ in Alice Park. At first they thought it was fun exploring the park but when they settled down for the night, they realised it was damp and very cold and they needed lots of layers and hats. The children had very little sleep owing to the cold temperature and unfamiliar setting and the breakfast bacon sandwiches and juice was very welcome.

Ollie said, “It made me feel sad that homeless people have to do it every day. It was wet and muddy and we had to sleep on cardboard.” Levi added that the ground was hard and cold and Ivy said she learnt how homeless people feel all night.

Speak Out!

On Tuesday 24th February, our public speaking team comprising Year 6 pupils Olivia, Grace and Hope competed in the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership ‘Speak Out!’ competition. The team are all members of Longvernal Debating Club and the Debating Club members all contributed to the content of the speeches. The representing team were brilliantly supported by Norah who learnt all three roles (For/Against and Chair) as understudy. Their topic was ‘Should Schools Have Class Pets?’ which was a controversial topic as Olivia argued that there can never be justification for animals in captivity whilst Grace pointed out the benefits educationally and emotionally for children. They discussed their points with passion and conviction. It was a really motivating evening bursting with talent from across the nine primaries who entered. Longvernal was proud to be awarded the Silver 2nd place, with Midsomer Norton Primary in Bronze 3rd place and a very deserving Dundry Primary School in Gold 1st place.

Three Fantastic Tales with Chicken House

Today, Years 4, 5 and 6 had the fantastic opportunity to attend the Chicken House Author Road show at the Cheese and Grain, Frome. During this event, the children heard from three brilliant authors: James Nichol, Emma Read and Holly Rivers.
The event was a partnership between Bath Festivals, Chicken House Publishing and Little Things Magazine, who came together to ensure more children have the opportunity to see author events and celebrate a love of reading. The children had an excellent time and came away inspired by the authors.

“The books were unexpected.”
“I can’t wait to visit the library, with school, when we go during book week. I’m going to borrow all of their books!”
“James Nicol was hilarious!”
“Emma Read helped me realise that spiders are not so terrible.”

Remembrance Assembly

Monday November 11th 2019 marked the 100th armistice since the end of World War 1. To commemorate this important date, we held a Remembrance service at school. The service was led by local Methodist minister and school governor, Stephen Robinson and we were also privileged to host guest speaker, local war veteran, Mr. Chris Copeland who explained the role of the British Legion and how the money from poppy and other remembrance items is spent. Maple Class proudly wore the wooden poppies they had made in Forest School and Oak Class presented our visitors with wreaths they had made.

Poetry Slam!

On Monday July 1st primary schools from the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership participated in a Poetry Slam competition held at Somervale School. The event was open to pupils in years 3 and 4 , with a total of eleven teams entering from seven primary schools in the trust. The pupils were tasked with writing their own original poem and then performing it to an audience of about one hundred people comprising of family and friends. Poetry slams involve communicating the spoken word rather than reciting verse. The children were not allowed to use any props, costumes or music but had to bringing their poetry to life using only their voices, movement and body percussion. All children performed confidently and really enjoyed demonstrating their composition and communication skills. The event was judged by Katherine Sanders and Deborah Cawley from Norton Hill School English Department, who were very impressed with the high standard. The results were as follows: 1st place: Longvernal Primary, 2nd place Welton Primary, 3rd place High Littleton Primary.

PTA Easter Competitions

The Hall was buzzing with excitement on the morning of April 5th before school as children brought in their entries for the various Easter competitions: Easter Bonnet, Easter Garden and 2D-Easter Egg. There were about 88 entries of a really high standard showing a huge amount of creativity. The Deputy Mayor of Midsomer Norton, Alastair Slade, kindly agreed to judge the entries. Parents were invited to view the colourful exhibition at 2.30pm whilst enjoying tea and coffee.

Easter Service April 5th 2019


On Thursday April 5th, Stephen Robinson, Minister from Midsomer Norton Methodist Church joined us for our first Easter Service. It was due to be held at the church however the inclement weather meant walking down would have been very unpleasant so Stephen kindly joined us at Longvernal. Willow Class acted out the Easter Story confidently with the help of able narrators. Erin performed a poem about trees which she had written and Grace performed a religious poem, Saving Grace. The choir sang beautifully, A Million Dreams and Count On Me with Freya and Todd performing beautiful solos. Thank you to Katie Thomson for her sterling work with the choir and at singing assemblies.

Football Festival at Somervale School

In March, we walked to Somervale School to be a part of the football festival. All of the children in Maple class had a great time learning new skills and enjoying the artificial turf at Somervale. By the end of the afternoon, all of the class had dribbled, passed and scored many goals!

Midsomerset Festival : Verse Speaking

On Tuesday 12th March, 18children from across Years 1-6 travelled to Bath to participate in the Midsomerset Festival Verse Speaking section. Whilst some were veterans of the event, others were taking part for the first time. We were very proud of all of the children as it is no mean feat to learn a poem off by heart and then perform it with expression to a room full of strangers. Special mention should go to Freya and Todd who came third in their classes and to Ellie who came second.

Longvernal Book Week 2019

2019 Book Week took place from March 4th- 8th. We are constantly trying to encourage the children to try a range of authors and types of books; the book reviews produced and conversations reflected an increasing breadth of authors being enjoyed by our pupils, which was good to see. Key Stage 1 enjoyed a ‘Where’s Wally?’ hunt and it was great that the reading buddy event where older pupils read with younger ones included Nursery this year. Many children entered the Extreme Reading competition with entrants ranging from reading in a tree house and in a ski lift to inside a fake crocodile’s mouth at the zoo! All children from Nursery to Year 6 performed in a poetry show in our World Book Day assembly where the creative efforts of our parents were evident in the amazing array of costumes. Competitions included designing book front covers, book jackets, book marks and writing and sharing book reviews.

Chestnut Class
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Holly Class
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More of Holly Class
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Maple Class Book Week photographs

Speak Out!

On Wednesday 6th March, one month later than the original planned event owing to the snow, our public speaking team competed in the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership ‘Speak Out!’ competition. Sid was poorly so Hope stepped up at the eleventh hour and did an amazing job as Chair together with Ellie and Evren who communicated contrasting viewpoints. Their topic was ‘Should Schools Be Gender Neutral?’ which was a challenging topic but they discussed their points with conviction and clarity. It was a really inspiring evening with a considerable amount of talent from across the nine primaries. Longvernal was proud to awarded the Bronze 3rd place, with Trinity 2nd and St. Julian’s winning.


On Friday 8th February, Year 6 mathematicians from both schools worked in collaboration with their teachers to rise to the challenge of greater depth problem solving. They were presented with challenging problem-solving tasks which necessitated them working together to solve some tricky concepts. They really had to get their heads together to creatively find solutions to tasks beyond normal Year 6 curriculum expectations! Sid, 11, reported, “It was challenging because the morning was split into four parts requiring lots of different skills.” Caitlin, 11, said, “The maths was very challenging, however I found that if you worked with your peers, we were able to work out the answers.” Alun Williams, CEO of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership said: ‘This is exactly the kind of learning opportunity that the Partnership was set up to make happen. Two great schools combining their efforts to give children more opportunity and support to achieve their very best’
Both schools were impressed with the impact of this initiative and plan to continue to work together to build greater depth problem solving skills. Headteachers, John Snell and Kerrie Courtier were delighted with the enthusiasm and mathematical ability of their pupils and have already arranged dates to meet together again in the near future!

Chestnut and Sycamore STEM afternoon

On Friday 8th February, Year 2 and Year 6 pupils took part in the ‘Great Egg Drop’. In mixed aged teams they discussed designs to protect a raw egg to be dropped from the top of the new gymnastic climbing bars. Each team was provided with a very limited amount of simple materials from which to choose, comprising: bubble wrap, sticky tape, crepe paper, tissue paper and cardboard. They were given 20 minutes to devise and produce their creations. Designs ranged from simple parachutes to slow descent to extensive padding and innovative packaging. Having named their teams, consonants and variables were agreed and the experiment was launched. Below are pictures of teams with their designs.
Three teams successfully protected their eggs - well done to our budding engineers!

MSN games small schools football tournament

Tuesday 13th November 2018 @ Somervale School

In the first football fixture of the season, the Longvernal school team produced an outstanding team performance. They began the tournament excitedly watching other schools play as it was ‘a rest match’… But little did they know that this would be their final rest for the next 2 hours! The first match was against Clutton. Longvernal played well as a team and clinched a tense 1-0 victory, thanks to a calm and composed goal from Callum. Without a moment to rest, Longvernal marched onwards to play against Trinity. It was a tight and evenly contested match, ending 0-0, with notable battling performances from Jett, Stern and Colby. In the final group game, Longvernal needed to win or draw in order to progress to the semi-finals. After an even start, Farmborough scored first, but Longvernal came scorching back after an excellent goal on the counter attack by Louey. The match ended 1-1, sending Longvernal to their first ever semi-final at the MSN games small schools football tournament. Drawing a parallel to England’s run to the World Cup semi-final in the summer, Longvernal were on the brink of creating history! The semi-final was against Kilmersdon School. Both teams fought valiantly for the duration of the match, but neither side were able to break the deadlock. Alex and Brandon were a formidable pairing in defence. Extra-time could not separate the sides, so the match needed to be decided by penalty kicks. Captain fantastic, Matty took the first penalty and scored. 1-0 to Longvernal. Kilmersdon replied to even the scores at 1-1. Callum then calmly stepped up to make the score 2-1 to Longvernal. In a huge moment of significance, Harry tipped a Kilmersdon penalty onto the bar to keep the score at 2-1 to Longvernal. With huge pressure on his young shoulders, Noah blasted home the winning penalty to send the players and supporters into raptures and send Longvernal into the final against Farmborough. Longvernal played brilliantly in the final but could not prevent a resurgent Farmborough side from securing a 3-0 victory. Every single player in the Longvernal team contributed to an excellent team performance and an outstanding achievement in finishing as runners up.


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